Here are my top tablet choices for the month of August. A selection of High End Tablets, Ultrabooks, Surface Pro 3 inspired tablets and other Best value tablets in the market.
Performance Grade Tablets/Ultrabooks
Xiaomi Mi Notebook 12.5 ($569)
The upcoming Macbook Air inspired tablet from Xiaomi, it will come with 2 versions, an 12.5 inch version which is a bit cheaper and comes with Intel Skylake Chipset and 128 GB of SSD Storage. The pricier model will come with Intel Core i5 Chip and a discreet graphics card Nvidia GT940M. It also doubles the memory and storage at 8 GB RAM and 256 GB of Internal Storage available.
Interestingly, both models come with high quality AKG custom loudspeakers and up to 10 hours plus of battery life between them.
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook 12.5 retails around $569 (until Sept 10 only) , you can read the whole specs here
Cube i9 ($359)
One of the fastest tablets available in 2016, the Cube i9 carries an Intel Skylake Chipset at its innards and sports a large 12.2 inch 1080p Screen with similar aspect ratio to the Surface Pro 3. In fact, the design is heavily referenced to the Surface Pro 3 or 4. It also comes with a keyboard and kickstand design of Surface Pro and will also offer both USB Type C reversible Port and also USB 3.0 Standard ports.
The tablet only supports Windows 10, so for those looking for Dual OS, this tablet doesn’t offer that option. Also the Cube i9 currently available isn’t the version that supports Stylus. It does run hot, especially for a passively cooled chip, but it can manage to run heavier apps and games available. LOL, Dota 2, CSGO run fine with playable frames. The tablet is currently sold at $359 (only up to Sept 10), you can read more here
Cube i7 Zealot ($289)
The tablet is also named Cube i7 Book 2. Nevertheless, it is not a new tablet but a reboot of the Cube i7 Stylus. It upgrades the CPU to Intel Skylake giving a good boost in performance. The design has not undergone too much change from the last. It also supports Wacom Stylus support (1024 pressure sensitivity). It is also equipped with 4 GB RAM and 64 of SSD storage to boot and will only offer Win10 at the helm, so no Dual OS available for this tablet.
It is compatible with the keyboard from the first generation, it is a convertible 2 in 1 tablet with a magnetic docking interface. The good thing about the Cube i7 Zealot, is that it is cheaper than the Cube i9 at around $289, you may read more here.
Surface Pro 3 inspired tablets
Chuwi Hi12 ($258)
The Chuwi Hi12 was the first tablet to also introduce the Surface Pro 3 inspired design. More so, it offers a huge 12 inch display with a Retina 2160 x 1440 pixel on a 3:2 ratio. The tablet also supports Active Stylus (256 pressure sensitivity with Palm Rejection. However, compared to the Cube i9 it is fairly modest in terms of performance, it comes with Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8300 Chipset, which is not really a powerhouse chip. It also comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC Storage to boot, and runs a Dual OS system (Windows 10 and Android 5.1).
Aside from the screen similarities to Surface Pro, the design is referenced to the iPad Pro, although the tablet is a Convertible 2 in 1 with a Magnetic Docking Interface. For the giant screen complements also a giant 11,000mAh to accommodate up to 8 hours of use on a single use. In terms of connectivity, you have USB 3.0 Standard port available, however Wifi is limited only to 2.4GHz which is unfortunate.
The Chuwi Hi12 is best suited for those who want huge tablets, it does come with a hefty weight, but adds screen room to the advantage, it will not give you the performance compared to other top tier tablets but is enough for most low to moderate task. The Chuwi Hi12 retails around $258, you can read it more here.
Cube iWork12 ($283)
The Cube iWork12 is actually very similar to the Cube i9, at least when it comes to design. Perhaps a cheaper alternative, it has a huge 12 inch screen with a 3:2 screen ratio. However, it is average in terms of performance, equipped with only an Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5 Chip with 4 GB RAM, it doesn’t offer much compared to the Cube i9, but it does support Dual OS (Android 5.1 and Windows 10) out of the box which is a welcome site.
Aside from the likeness to the Cube i9, the tablet also offers the same keyboard kickstand and layout. It also supports USB Type C connectivity and a fairly decent 9000mAh battery. In addition, WiFi connectivity is still limited to 2.4GHz. The Cube iWork is your best alternative for the Cube i9, it is big and looks like the Surface Pro 3 but the likeness ends there, it is fairly average in terms of performance and will likely be a modest multimedia tablet. The Cube iWork12 retails at $283 and you can read more info here.
Jumper EZpad 5s Flagship ($237)
Although it is a bit smaller compared to the Chuwi Hi12. The Jumper EZpad 5s Flagship is more or less a carbon copy of the Surface Pro 3 design, from the kickstand to the keyboard layout. It is also fairly modest in terms of performance with only an Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5 Chipset, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC storage to boot. Unfortunately, it is limited to Windows 10 only right now, no Dual OS version yet available.
It is also limited to WiFi 2.4GHz but offers USB 3.0 availability and a decent 8500mAh battery to boot. The Jumper EZpad 5s Flagship retails around $237 with keyboard already available, you can also read more here.
Chuwi Vi10 Plus ($131)
The Chuwi Vi10 Plus is probably the cheapest tablet available that is inspired by Surface Pro 3. It has a 3:2 screen ratio on a 10 inch screen. It is also modest in terms of performance, equipped only with a Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5 Chip and 2 GB RAM. The tablet also runs Remix 2.0, which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The OS actually is a customized version of Android and adds a few features that make it look like Windows ecosystem but is truly Android in nature.
It also supports USB Type C connectivity and a decent 8400mAh battery at it’s innards. Currently it is the most affordable Surface Pro inspired tablet available now at just $131, you may read more here.
Great Value Tablets
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 ($195 until Sept 10)
The Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is a carbon copy of the Apple iPad Mini 2, but it is quite impressive especially for the value. If you are looking for Small form factor tablets 8.0 inch probably that offer great build quality and performance, the you can’t go wrong with this tablet. It is not a gaming tablet, and powered by an Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8500 Chipset, the same you also find on the Teclast X98 Pro. It is slightly faster than the X5-Z8300 version available today. It is also equipped with 2 GB RAM and 16/64 GB Storage. However, it does not support Expandable storage via MicroSD which is unfortunately. There is also no Dual OS version, you have to either choose Windows or Android. I do prefer the Android Version because the Atom Chip’s performance on Windows 10 isn’t really anything great.
The tablet also comes with a Retina Display, the same you find with iPad Mini 2 as per comparison. It also supports Dual Band WiFi and as great WiFi reception. The battery (6190mAh) is also good, I was able to get around 6 hours of use per charge. Fast charging is also available as well as USB Type C connectivity supported. You can check out the full info of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 (Android version here), or the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 (Win10 version also).
Cube iWork11 Stylus
The Cube iWork Stylus has been around for quite a while now, but it still a great choice, especially if you want a multipurpose tablet. It supports Wacom (1024 stylus) which makes it a great productivity tool. It is also fairly modest in terms of performance, with just Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5 Chip and 4 GB RAM. But it does offer Dual OS support.
In terms of connectivity, it is also limited to 2.4GHz Wifi but supports USB 3.0. At it’s innards also holds a 8400mAh battery. The Cube iWork11 Stylus retails at $199 and you can read more here.
Teclast X98 Plus 2
The Teclast X98 Plus 2 is actually identical to the first one, expect for a few minor design changes. What is good for this tablet is that, Teclast has managed to address lingering issues from the previous versions. Although there are quite a number of versions available, the first one I did test was the Teclast X98 Pro, which had heat issues. The X98 Plus 2 is a revamped version and is quite good, the screen is great, the design is much more polished. Although you don’t really expect much in terms of performance as it only comes with an Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5 chip. It also comes with Dual OS Support, Windows 10 and a default or native Android 5.1 Lollipop, no customization available here.
It comes with either 2/4 GB versions and support for Memory Expansion. In terms of connectivity, it is still limited to 2.4GHz WiFi and also no USB Type C Port available which is quite questionable. The Teclast X98 Plus 2 retails at $129 and you can the full info here.
Chuwi Hi10 Pro ($173)
A new productivity focused tablet, the Chuwi Hi10 Pro offers Active Stylus support (256 pressure and palm rejection) and Dual OS with Remix OS based system for Android. It does only offer mediocre performance with the Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5 Chip with 4 GB RAM but offers good build quality and an ultra thin design.
Furthermore, the tablet also supports USB Type C connectivity, however, it is still limited to WiFi 2.4GHz. The Chuwi Hi10 Pro retails around $173, you can read the full info here.
Chuwi Hibook Pro ($199)
The Chuwi Hibook Pro is actually the successor to the Hibook 2. Interestingly, it doesn’t differ that much in terms of specs, except for probably an upgrade on the Screen. The Hibook Pro comes with a much higher resolution 2K Retina Display and also come with a Fully Laminated Screen. Meaning, it is OGS (One Glass Solution) screen which offers faster response rate and better visual acuity. However, when it comes to performance, it is very much similar, equipped with Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5 Chip which only offers modest performance benefits. But it does offer Dual OS Support readily and also USB Type C support.
In terms of connectivity, it is still limited to WiFi 2.4GHz. At it’s innards carries a 8000mAh battery with quick charging support. The Chuwi Hibook Pro retails at $199, you can read more info here.